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Daily news update: Covid-19 stats, Gauteng’s R5m catering and Experian data fraudster found - The Citizen
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Click on the links below for the full story or visit our home page for the latest news: Source: Health department As of Thursday, South Africa has recored 559,940 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 3,880 new cases identified. 195 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded – 26 from Eastern Cape, 83 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu-Natal, 25 from Free State, 12 from Limpopo and 13 from Western Cape. This brings the total Covid-19 deaths to 12,618. “We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The recoveries now stand at 497 169, which translates to a recovery rate of 82%,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. Computer. Picture: AFP/File/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV The massive data breach of an information services agency threatened to expose the personal details of as many as 24 million South Africans and 793,749 businesses. A suspected fraudster managed to breach information from Experian, a consumer, business and credit information services agency. The news emerged on Wednesday. By Thursday, Experian said the suspect had been identified, the hardware and data secured and deleted thanks to an Anton Piller order, and that law enforcement is working with the company. Debt budget. Picture: iStock New studies of the impact of lockdown on the economy paint the picture of a country locked in a downward spiral of rising joblessness and debt. In a recent survey, debt counselling firm DebtBusters found that the debt holiday offered by the banks at the start of the lockdown in late March 2020 had added R20.7 billion to the debt of the estimated 1.6 million South Africans who took advantage of this. Lorenzo White has apologised for social media posts mocking farm murder victims earlier this month. White, a politician, activist and Independent journalist, according to his Twitter bio, posted a collage of farm murder victims with swollen faces and captioned it: Best makeup artist ever! Nice Job. His posts caused an uproar from social media users, who lodged complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). In a statement on Wednesday, the SAHRC confirmed it was investigating a complaint it received regarding social media utterances glorifying farm murders. Minister of Small Business Development, Khumudzo Ntshavheni during the swearing in of the new Presidential Cabinet at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, 30 May 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles The integrity committee of the ANC may look into fraud allegations against Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni following a damning high court judgment that implicated her in a tender irregularity about 11 years ago. An ANC Youth League subregion in Limpopo has written to the integrity committee asking for an investigation into fraud allegations against her. Committee chairperson George Mashamba confirmed receipt of the letter from the league. Outa chief executive Wayne Duvenage. Picture: Neil McCartney While welcoming the release of the Covid-19 Expenditure Disclosure Report by the Gauteng Provincial Treasury, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says the report falls short of providing sufficient information needed to scrutinise the extent of corruption or maladministration that may have occurred with regard to procurement. The organisation is keener to understand who received business as its initial assessment of the report reveals that of the 358 companies listed who received Gauteng contracts from April to July 2020, for a total of R2.101 billion, 13% of the suppliers (48 companies) received contracts worth at least R10 million, and together collected R1.825 billion or 87% of the total spend. Kenya Stevens and her two life partners. Photo: Instagram @KenyaStevens A photo of Kenya Stevens has been shared online showing her two husbands and has raised many eyebrows. Polyamory is usually attributed to men marrying more than one woman, particularly in the African community. Stevens, an American, said: Poly girls have all the fun! Zola 7 (Bonginkosi Dlamini) and Cassper Nyovest | Image: Twitter Despite releasing a very brief official statement regarding their choice to renege on their initial plan to honour Zola 7 with a lifetime achievement award, organisers of the South African Music Awards (Samas) have remained relatively mum about what really drove their decision. Sowetan initially reported that Zola 7 (real name Bonginkosi Dlamini) was listed as one of the three possible recipients of a lifetime achievement award during this years proceedings. He was even informed of this and reportedly began looking forward to proceedings. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 18: Reeza Hendricks of OUTsurance Kingfishers, Graeme Smith (CSA acting director of cricket) and Temba Bavuma of Mr Food Kites during the 3TC Solidarity Cup match between Mr D Food Kites, OUTsurance Kingfishers and Takealot Eagles at SuperSport Park in July 18, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. 3TC is 3 Team Cricket, the latest evolution in short-form cricket, in which 3 teams go head-to-head-to-head in a single, explosive match. The proceeds of The Solidarity Cup will go towards helping those in the cricket community who have suffered due to Covid-19. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images) Two cricketers have been forced to withdraw from Cricket South Africas (CSA) culture camp in Skukuza after testing positive for Covid-19. CSA confirmed in a press statement on Thursday that 50 Covid-19 tests had been performed on players and support staff prior to attending the Proteas camp which started on Tuesday. The testing was done in line with fulfilling the organisations obligation and commitment to control the spread of the coronavirus, after South African sports were cleared for a return to full training. Micho Sredojevic, former coach of Orlando Pirates (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images) Milutin Sredojevi has blasted his former employers for what he described as an injustice against foreigners in the squad. READ: Lorch and Shonga kicked out of Pirates camp During my two years at Orlando Pirates, Shonga and (Augustine) Mulenga were pillars of the team as we fought for the league (title), Micho was quoted as saying by Soccer24. The moment I left, everything turned upside down, and I can assure that you can blame the players 99%, but there is still 1% of the aspect on how the team is set-up and unbelievable injustice towards (foreign) players like Shonga and Mulenga. Jaguar I-Pace The general belief among car enthusiasts is that the electric revolution wont be able to match proper internal combustion engine power. But the puristic belief is being challenged by the likes of Jaguars first fully electric SUV, the I-Pace. It might not match the roar of a fossil fuel gulping competitor, but underestimate this impressive vehicle at your own peril. There is a very good reason why this car has won awards left, right and centre all across the globe since its launch two years ago. For more news your way, download The Citizens app for iOS and Android.
Covid-19 update: Western Cape eyes Level 1 due to decline in cases - The Citizen
Khayelitsha was the first area to spike in the province, and the first to decline in numbers of cases and deaths.
As of Thursday, South Africa has recored 559,940 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 3,880 new cases identified. 195 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded – 26 from Eastern Cape, 83 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu-Natal, 25 from Free State, 12 from Limpopo and 13 from Western Cape. This brings the total Covid-19 deaths to 12,618. “We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The recoveries now stand at 497 169, which translates to a recovery rate of 82%,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. Below is the provincial breakdown: Source: Health department The Western Cape Health Department is planning to resume elective surgeries at public hospitals as soon as Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to decline in the province. However, the head of the provincial health department Dr Keith Cloete said this would have to be done carefully, as areas in the province peaked and declined at different rates. “It is going to be slower because of the Covid reality,” said Cloete. It would probably also involve having a Covid-19 test before going for surgery. If a patient had Covid-19, the procedure would probably be delayed until they were better. The provincial government was confident that it had enough beds and equipment to cope with another rise in cases, and to manage current and new cases. There were no testing backlogs, and there was enough capacity should it be needed. The field hospital at Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha had already been moved to Butterworth, where partners Doctors Without Borders would continue their work there to help the Eastern Cape. The Hospital of Hope at the Cape Town International Convention Centre discharged its last patients on 14 August. Khayelitsha was the first area to spike in the province, and the first to decline in numbers of cases and deaths. Smaller facilities were also readied for more patients, and the Brackengate field hospital would remain open with a bed capacity of over 300. These facilities included the Sonstraal Hospital in Paarl with 63 beds ready out of a planned 150, with five patients already admitted. Mitchells Plain would have 60 in a facility renovated at a cost of R10 million by Gift of the Givers, Hermanus 32, Vredendal 20, George 40, while other hospitals had created extra capacity. Rural regional hospitals also had critical care capacity with staff from the Cape metropole helping there. Oxygen consumption was currently at 54% of capacity. Cloete said data emerging showed that the fatality rate of people in the high risk group stood at 4.5%, and the positive testing rate was 15 out of 100 tests. They were also studying the data on 4 818 “excess deaths” between 1 January and 6 May, but noted that these were also declining, as were registered natural deaths. Excess deaths were the number of deaths beyond what was considered normal for a period of time if there had been no pandemic, according to Our World in Data. Some question whether the true figure for Covid-19 should be higher due to the excess deaths. With continued vigilance and monitoring for new hotspots or surges, the province believed case numbers would carry on dropping. On Wednesday, the national Health Department reported 596 060 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa, with 3 916 new cases identified. Of those, 103 210 were in the Western Cape. Of the 12 423 deaths, 3 675 were in the Western Cape. The national recovery rate was 82% on Wednesday – 491 441 – which translated to a recovery rate of 82%. A source at a private hospital said they were also working towards bringing patients back for elective surgeries, but in a cautious and safe way. “It has to happen. Especially for people who are being treated for cancer so that they do not go into Stage 4,” the source said on condition of anonymity. The source added that people would also have to be mentally prepared to go back to a hospital or a clinic, and get used to visiting people there again, after the fraught past few months. Cases at schools were declining alongside overall figures for the province, so the next phase of pupils and teachers going back to school on Monday should be able to do so safely, as long as social distancing, mask wearing, hand and surface washing, and alternating classes were continued. The department was shifting to its recovery plan, which included vigilance, monitoring and its own seroprevalence testing to supplement planned testing by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, and the Human Sciences Research Council. Cloete said vigilance and monitoring could continue for between one and two years, depending on when a vaccine was available. The department hoped to use the Covid-19 tracing systems to bring TB patients back for their treatment. Its diabetes medicine delivery and monitoring programme continued, with a call for anybody with diabetes to go for a Covid-19 test as soon as they showed symptoms, as they were at greater risk of becoming more ill. Premier Alan Winde said the province could get to Level 1 of the lockdown with constant vigilance, and maintaining all of the Covid-19 prevention guidelines. The country was currently at Level 2, which meant a reopening of almost all of the economy. Winde said getting to Level 1 meant getting international flights back, which would help save the hospitality industry, and prevent further unemployment and poverty. He said the province was still waiting for money promised by the national government to help manage the crisis. “There was some ‘bookkeeping’,” said Winde of the R5.3 billion involved. “We have had to find it within our own budget.” Regular meetings with national government counterparts had also been scaled back, but there would be regular reporting. For more news your way, download The Citizens app for iOS and Android.
A ghetto hairstyle? Or an out of touch celeb? - The Citizen
If only they would just take the time out to think before they speak, maybe Minnie Dlamini- Jones would not be trending on Twitter for 2 days in a row?
Thats the only explanation I can think of in my effort to understand why they continue to say and post some of the most incredulous things to social media – unaware of the implications of what they are saying. For more than hours, social media users have looked on in disbelief as media personality Minnie Dlamini repeatedly referred to the bantu knots hairstyle as ghetto. Media personality Minni Dlamini has been lambasted for uploading a picture featuring a braided hairstyle and calling it “ghetto” | Image: Twitter Dlamini first took to Instagram to show off her new hairstyle along with the caption I can go from lady to ghetto in a second. A few hours later, she posted the same image on Twitter, with a different caption this time: Just because it’s ghetto, doesn’t mean it’s not fabulous. Loving my #BantuKnots. This comes just days after CNN published a report citing new research that shows that black women with natural hairstyles are less likely to get job interviews than white women or black women with straightened hair. Black women with natural hairstyles are less likely to get job interviews than White women or Black women with straightened hair, new research shows. https://t.co/aK8qVkhf13 — CNN (@CNN) August 12, 2020 According to the report, participants in the studies, carried out by researchers from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, perceived natural black hairstyles as less professional, and the effect was particularly pronounced in industries where a more conservative appearance is common. And this is not a coincidence. This is as a result of years of misinformation and indoctrination by white, supremacist leadership. This education project was so successful that its teachings have innocuously burrowed their way into the everyday thoughts of people across the world. Some of the negative associations made with people based on their appearance or race are so fleeting and so natural that people barely stop to think about why they think, feel and assume the things about others that they do. And it doesnt help when people like Dlamini, with such a public platform, amplify these white supremacist teachings. Dlamini can claim that she didnt mean anything by her post but she did. As someone who religiously wears wigs and weaves, what is she trying to say by choosing ghetto as the adjective for the first time she wears a hairstyle that is not a long, flowy weave? The same can be said for 947 Breakfast show host Anele Mdoda, who refuses to give American musician Kelly Rowland a break. Mdoda, who is also a judge in the Miss South Africa pageant, stated that Rowland (a dark-skinned woman) is not as pretty as people think she is when she is not wearing makeup. Upon being questioned about this, Mdoda dug her heels into the ground and continued to cyberbully Rowland – even going so far as to insinuate that she is not as successful as her lighter-skinned friend, Beyonce Knowles. pic.twitter.com/YpNIl6h8pO Anele Mdoda (@Anele) October 12, 2019 So US Twitter just found Aneles tweet pic.twitter.com/8cazSMJPVL Ann Marie Lastrassi stan (@naledimashishi) October 13, 2019 Oh I see that low life is showing that he thinks of me more than I think myself. Beyoncé is prettier. My opinion will never change nor make me go off twitter as you twitter bullies like. Smooches ???????????????? aaaaand trend pic.twitter.com/tjs7umD5hs Anele Mdoda (@Anele) May 13, 2020 She would literally be the next Beyonce ???????????????????????????????????????????????? aaaaaaaaaaaand trend Anele Anele Anele Anele Anele Anele Anele Anele Anele Anele ???????????????????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/HJ1gHgeP8d Anele Mdoda (@Anele) August 3, 2020 Rapper AKA is constantly reminding his social media followers that they do not and will never have as much money as he does. These are the very same people he relies on to buy his albums, attend his live performances and subscribe to his pay-per-view app. Fellow rapper Cassper Nyovest demands to be prioritised over American rappers but raps things like youll never catch me in Carducci (a local menswear brand), maybe Gucci. These are just some of the examples of the thinking displayed by some of the loudest voices in our society. A society grappling with high unemployment, widespread poverty, the residual effects of systematic racism and a deep-seated hatred for women. If only they would just take the time out to think before they speak, we would not have to be subjected to all this. Kaunda Selisho. Kaunda is analogue girl navigating a digital world using the perspective provided by news. She has always had a desire to amass a wealth of knowledge on a range of varied topics and this is reflected in the content she produces. As a digitally adept social media user, you can always trust Kaunda to bring you up to speed on whats going on in the world at any given moment. For more news your way, download The Citizens app for iOS and Android.
African Union suspends Mali over military coup - The Citizen
The African Union (AU) on Wednesday suspended Mali after its leaders were detained by mutineering soldiers and the president forced out.
The AU’s 15-member security council “suspends Mali from the African Union until restoration of constitutional order and demands release of President Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister and other government officials forcibly detained by the army,” the AU Peace and Security Council said on Twitter. Mali coup leaves ex-colonial power France in a bind Mali’s military coup presents former colonial power France with a diplomatic nightmare, having invested considerable military and political capital in a regional anti-jihadist campaign now in peril. Tuesday’s post-coup resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita following weeks of civil protest against his perceived corrupt and inept rule, has robbed Paris of a key ally in the Sahel where France has — sometimes unpopularly — been routing jihadists since 2013. The military campaign, spearheaded by France’s 5,000-plus Barkhane force in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, seeks in the end to bring stability to the conflict- and poverty-ridden region, allowing governments to strengthen institutions and focus on much-needed development. But now, France faces having to work with a regime born out of Tuesday’s coup d’etat against Keita, often referred to as IBK. “The challenge will be for France to walk a delicate line. It has to condemn the coup. It also has to work with the new leaders,” said Michael Shurkin of the California-based RAND Corporation policy think-tank. “It (France) needs a good outcome, but it has to be extremely careful about influencing the outcome,” he told AFP. Paris issued a condemnation after initial reports of an army mutiny in Mali, but has yet to explicitly denounce the toppling of Keita claimed by coup leaders. On Wednesday, the French presidency said, “We must deal with the reality of a complicated political situation that has lasted for months… “We must focus on the return of civilian power and rule of law, with another priority: not to lose the commitment to the fight against terrorism.” Initially expected to last a few weeks, the French Sahel military intervention has been running for seven years at a cost of some $1 billion annually, according to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The force has chalked up some wins, but jihadists have continued deadly attacks and 44 French troops have lost their lives in what some have called “France’s forever war”. The presence of French boots on the ground has become increasingly unpopular and thousands have protested in Mali and Burkina Faso against what they term “forces of occupation”. Shrugging off the pleas of the international community, Malian soldiers on Tuesday detained the president, prime minister, cabinet ministers and other government officials. – Better to come? – The leaders of the coup condemned by the EU, UN, African Union and regional grouping ECOWAS, insisted that “peace in Mali is our priority” and promised to stage elections within a “reasonable time”. “The junta… does not want to alienate the support of the international community, including Barkhane,” tweeted Yvan Guichaoua, a researcher at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies. “The objective seemingly was mainly to eject IBK and his allies from power.” France itself has been doubtful about Keita’s ability to improve security and governance in Mali, say analysts. And Shurkin believes the coup “could theoretically work out for the best if it yields a government that functions better and that can lay claim to greater legitimacy. “It has to be acknowledged that things werent going well before the coup; Mali under IBK was making little if any progress, which meant that the success of French strategy was questionable anyway,” he said. In the short term, however, French diplomats and military leaders face an uphill battle. “In a way, it’s back to square one,” said Jean-Herve Jezequel, Sahel specialist at the International Crisis Group in Brussels. “Eight years of effort, investment, presence to basically return to the situation of Mali at the time of the 2012 coup, with a confused situation in Bamako, more violent armed insurrections and increased inter-communal violence.” – Change in approach – Military historian Michel Goya predicted a political imbroglio that will last for months. “For the French military, this makes things more complicated. Operations can continue, they can be run independently, but cooperation with the Malian forces will likely be stopped. And armed groups may try to take advantage of the situation to expand their action,” he said. France is also likely to see new reticence from European partners it had been trying to convince to enlarge military operations in Sahel, notably a European special forces group dubbed Takuba and the so-called G5 Sahel, an under-resourced force of regional soldiers. There will be “a slowdown of major projects while we wait for the dust to settle and are focused on the nature of the new power to be installed in Bamako,” said Elie Tenenbaum, a researcher at the French Institute for International Relations. For Shurkin, an extended transition period, or one that yields more of the same, “would be terrible for France and Mali alike”. “Maybe, just maybe, there will be a relatively quick transition that yields a stronger Mali, one that will meet the requirements of French strategy,” he added. For Jezequel, this was also a chance for France, the Sahel states and other partners to question their approach to providing security aid to the region. “We cannot sustainably secure a space without changing the forms of governance that manage it,” he said. For more news your way, download The Citizens app for iOS and Android.
Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth - The Citizen
An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet, NASA said Tuesday.
If it had been on a collision course with Earth, the asteroid – named 2020 QG – would likely not have caused any damage, instead disintegrating in the atmosphere, creating a fireball in the sky, or a meteor, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said in a statement. The asteroid, which was about 10 to 20 feet (three to six meters) long, passed above the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday at 0408 GMT. It was moving at nearly eight miles per second (12.3 kilometers per second), well below the geostationary orbit of about 22,000 miles at which most telecommunication satellites fly. The asteroid was first recorded six hours after its approach by the Zwicky Transient Facility, a telescope at the Palomar Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, as a long trail of light in the sky. The US space agency said that similarly sized asteroids pass by Earth at a similar distance a few times per year. But they’re difficult to record, unless they’re heading directly towards the planet, in which case the explosion in the atmosphere is usually noticed – as in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, when the explosion of an object about 66 feet long shattered windows for miles, injuring a thousand people. One of NASA’s missions is to monitor larger asteroids (460 feet) that could actually pose a threat to Earth, but their equipment also tracks smaller ones. “It’s really cool to see a small asteroid come by this close, because we can see the Earth’s gravity dramatically bends its trajectory,” said Paul Chodas, the director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA. According to the JPL’s calculations, the asteroid turned by about 45 degrees due to Earth’s gravitational pull.
PowerBall and PowerBall Plus results, Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 - The Citizen
R46 million up for grabs tonight. Here are your PowerBall and PowerBall Plus results for Tuesday, 18 August 2020.
Its Powerball time again, South Africa. And that means one thing, someones life could change for the better. The PowerBall jackpot was estimated at R46 million. The PowerBall Plus jackpot was estimated at R24 million. Make your dreams come true by playing the National Lotto. PHANDA, PUSHA, PLAY! The Citizen brings you the Powerball results as soon as they are drawn, so you can rest easy and check your tickets with confidence. The Powerball results are published as soon as after the draw and confirmation, guaranteeing the quickest and easiest way for you to check your ticket. While great care has been taken to ensure accuracy, The Citizen can take no responsibility for any error in the results and suggest verifying the numbers on the National Lotto website. Here are the winning numbers for Tuesday, 18 August 2020 PowerBall: 06, 22, 30, 39, 49. Powerball: 02. PowerBall Plus: 01, 15, 25, 35, 49, Powerball: 07. Check out previous South African PowerBall results here. For more details and to verify the numbers, visit the National Lottery website. When do South African national Lottery ticket sales close? Lottery outlets close at 20:30 on the day of a draw which happens at 9pm. The terms and conditions may differ for from other service outlets. Visit www.nationallottery.co.za for more information. How much do I need to play PowerBall? PowerBall entries cost R5 per board including VAT, for PowerBall Plus it costs an additional R2.50 per board. There are also other ways to play PowerBall, including on your mobile banking app of participating banks (T&Cs apply). Visit www.nationallottery.co.za and go to the How to Play section to find out more. For more news your way, download The Citizens app for iOS and Android.
SA passes 4,000 Covid-19 related death threshold - The Citizen
In total, according to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Sunday evening, the country has now had 276,242 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 12,058 new cases identified in the last 24 hours.
SA is worried about Will Smith after Jada’s latest Red Table Talk episode - The Citizen
The episode left fans convinced that things are not what they seem in the Smith marriage.
Stage 2 load shedding starts again from 9am - Citizen
Continued load shedding was necessary in order to 'replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare prepare for the coming week'.